Professor Bob Pattinson is the director of the MRC Maternal and Infant Health Care Strategies Research Unit. He serves on the National Committee for the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and the National Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality Committee in South Africa and compiled and edited their reports. He also is responsible for perinatal care and child health care surveys in South Africa. His main research interests are in obstetrics, medical audits, health systems and effective methods of outreach. His main research focus is on determining the most effective means of implementing new health care strategies and improving current programmes, in other words how to effectively complete the audit cycle. Recently the scale-up of the Essential Steps in Managing Obstetric Emergencies and Emergency Obstetric Simulation Training programme has been completed. This programme demonstrated a 25% reduction in maternal mortality before and after its implementation in 12 districts in South Africa. Current clinical research is focusing on predicting and preventing stillbirths. Currently, he is leading research into screening for and managing fetuses at risk for stillbirth using continuous-wave Doppler. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and his H-Index rating in 46 with (75 articles quoted 10 or more times in the last 5 years).